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More Than 60 Percent of U.S. in Drought

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posted on Jul, 29 2006 @ 10:44 PM

More Than 60 Percent of U.S. in Drought

More than 60 percent of the United States now has abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to Arizona and across the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

An area stretching from south central North Dakota to central South Dakota is the most drought-stricken region in the nation, Svoboda said.

"It's the epicenter," he said. "It's just like a wasteland in north central South Dakota."


Bad news just about everywhere you look.... :shk:

posted on Jul, 29 2006 @ 11:03 PM
The crappy thing is, that with all the other news going on with Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, you name it, things like this get pushed aside in the news.
This is bad, even the rainforest in South America only has one more drought year MAX, before the rainforest there is in serious trouble (2 years drought so far): ndex.cfm?id=6016&method=full

You don't need prophecy to know we're all in deep DooDoo.

[edit on 29-7-2006 by Toadmund]

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 11:47 AM

CALIFORNIA Heat wave was state's deadliest

The number of deaths linked to California's record-breaking heat wave is up to 126, making the hot spell the state's deadliest in at least five decades, officials said Friday.

The latest figures from county medical examiners show 69 deaths that were definitely caused by the nearly two-week heat wave and 57 more that are presumed to have been the result of hot weather, said Roni Java, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Emergency Services.

"This is unprecedented," Java said. "We don't have any records of this kind of loss of life."



Yes, the planet is heating up...Hottest year on record; more to come

Northern California, withering under last week's punishing heat, wasn't the only hot spot in the world this year -- thermometers have spiked throughout much of the United States, Canada and Europe, and scientists are predicting more intense, longer and more frequent heat waves in the future.

While leading climate scientists have been reluctant to link regional heat waves with rising temperatures in the world's atmosphere and oceans, they say the recent weather patterns are consistent with computer projections for global warming.

In the United States, the first six months of 2006 were the hottest recorded in more than a century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center. Canada reported the hottest winter and spring since it started keeping track about a half-century ago, while England, Germany and France are sweltering, and the Netherlands is recording the hottest month since temperatures were first measured 300 years ago.



Dry and Desperate

A severe drought is inflicting hardships across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Farmers are forsaking crops and selling shriveled herds of cattle. Cities are considering water restrictions, and food prices are rising.



Ugly bugs get the hots for Scotland

RISING temperatures are bringing exotic - and sometimes dangerous - new insects and reptiles to the shores of Britain, with black widow-like spiders found in Helensburgh and scorpions nesting in Liverpool.

As Scotland sweltered in the heat last week, amid growing evidence of global warming, experts warned that the creatures, together with larger numbers of snakes and lizards, were here to stay. One said: "Batten down the hatches, things are going to get interesting."

Probably the most alarming development has been the arrival of scorpions, which appear to be moving north after becoming established in port cities such as Liverpool and Southampton. Arriving on cargo boats, the arachnids set up home in dockside walls. Soaring temperatures are now helping them to survive for much longer periods.



Heatwave with a global grip

IT looks like being the hottest July on record but Britain is not alone in experiencing extreme conditions, write Jonathan Leake and Alex Delmar- Morgan.

Hot, arid weather is afflicting millions in America and in dozens of countries across Europe and parts of east Asia.

The phenomenon has surprised meteorologists who are used to seeing drought as a regional, not global, problem. This weekend they said early analysis of the hot weather, together with the size of the areas affected, suggested it was linked to global climate change.



Breaking the ice

The 12,000 historic photographs taken over the last century in Glacier National Park speak volumes about the rugged beauty of the Northern Rockies, where glaciers carve majestic peaks and icy blue pools run deep and clear.

Stored in the archives at Glacier Park, the pictures form a record of the 20th century, one that turned out to be the warmest in the last 1,000 years. It was, the photos show, a century of change.

Glaciers that took millennia to build are now vanishing with the summer sun. Within the next half century, scientists believe, the park’s name may do little more than conjure up scenic images of Glacier’s past geology.


See also:

Death of the Amazon Rainforest Could End the World...And It Might Be Happening Now!

Fall Comes Early to the UK?

Greenland Ice Melt: See if this don't scare you!

It happens like a boat tipping

Deserts Expanding With Jet Stream Shift

Our mistake was in underestimation: Disease-carrying insects move north.

Hottest day ever recorded in England

Soon to be Worldwide Water Shortage??

I could keep going.... :shk:

[edit on 30-7-2006 by loam]

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 12:04 PM
Loam, you are al most always on the ball

You have voted loam for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have one more vote left for this month.

great work

this is more than disturbing.. It only gets worse from here on out.. even if we immediately stopped all the unbelievable things that we do to the planet on a daily basis.. I feel like its too late. We missed the boat.
I have never hoped to be wrong more in my life.

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 12:20 PM
Thanks, TONE23.

Originally posted by TONE23
I have never hoped to be wrong more in my life.

Me too.

I want my son to have a real future...

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 05:59 PM

Heatwave shuts down nuclear power plants

The European heatwave has forced nuclear power plants to reduce or halt production. The weather, blamed for deaths and disruption across much of the continent, has caused dramatic rises in the temperature of rivers used to cool the reactors, raising fears of mass deaths for fish and other wildlife.
Spain shut down the Santa Maria de Garona reactor on the River Ebro, one of the country's eight nuclear plants which generate a fifth of its national electricity. Reactors in Germany are reported to have cut output, and others in Germany and France have been given special permits to dump hot water into rivers to avoid power failures. France, where nuclear power provides more than three quarters of electricity, has also imported power to prevent shortages.

The problems have come to light just weeks after Britain declared it will build a new generation of nuclear power stations, prompting opponents to claim the crisis proved nuclear reactors - although they emit no carbon dioxide greenhouse gases - are not the solution to the problem of global warming.


posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:03 PM
Oh, and if you like wine, there's this:

The last of California's summer wine?

The lush vines of California are among the most iconic images of America, with the perfect climate between the baked Central Valley and the cool Pacific coast enabling the area take its place as one of the great success stories of the boom in new-world wines.

The industry is worth billions of dollars a year and has starred in its own movie, the wine-buff-midlife-crisis road-trip hit Sideways. But just as American wines from the now famous Napa and Sonoma valleys and other enclaves have established their place at the world's top tables, a new report has warned that global warming may destroy the industry.

The study forecasts that by the end of this century up to four-fifths of the best vine-growing areas will no longer be able to grow their premium grapes because of the steady rise in very hot days, when temperatures pass 35C. And with California now in a state of emergency because of a two-week heatwave in which temperatures have soared to 49C, and which has been blamed for killing more than 120 people, the wine industry faces an imminent crisis, says Dr Noah Diffenbaugh, one of the study's authors. Such a dramatic change would affect wine drinkers around the world - especially those in Britain, which imports more wine from America than from Chile, South Africa or Spain.


But then there is this:

Down Under: Wine Cheaper Than Water!

[edit on 30-7-2006 by loam]

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:21 PM
So watcha think loam - are we at day 29 yet?

PS. I tried...

You have already voted for loam this month.

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:27 PM
It getting bad really bad I'm think about giving out tread about how to make you own fuel and send out book for free in how to make them. We need to do something now.

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:37 PM

Originally posted by soficrow
PS. I tried...

You have already voted for loam this month.

Thank you. I'm flattered.

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:47 PM
So global warming doesn't exist, eh?

Alot of those draught areas are part of the bible belt. They had better start praying. It almost seems like a repeat of the 1930's. Will we have mass migration from the heartlands to the coasts?

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 06:58 PM
As usual loam, great thread, well put together, precise,
to the point and lots of info.

You have voted loam for the Way Above Top Secret award.
You have two more votes this month.

This is very disturbing, yet what's even more disturning is
that there are still people who don't believe in Global Warming.

I honsetly did'nt expect to see these effects for another 5-15 years.

One good thing for us, since we (americans) are so fat and lazy, we don't have to go to h*ll, we're bringin it to us.

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 07:15 PM
I hate the heat, esspecially Ohio heat, because noooo we can't just be hot we have to be hot AND humid!

It is funny we are talking about heat, the ACCU weather bar on my Fire Fox says Warning! Heat Emergancy in Effect. And apparently the heat warning won't cease until thursday. We are expecting temps in the mid to upper 90's in the Miami Valley region with the index at about 104-110.
We are short on rainfall this year but not in a drought. I had talked to a few farmers from Georgia who grew tobaco and they where a mess, very upset that their crops where almost entirely ruined or are just not growing fast enough to meet harvest because of the lack of water. They where from mid georgia somewhere. The computer global warming simulations, what do they predict the change to do? Will North America become the Sehara and maybe the Middle East the next Amazon?

posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 09:10 PM
Might as well add these to the thread:

Rare Whales Appear off Scotland, Heat Wave Blamed

Unusually large numbers of dolphins and whales have been sighted off the eastern coast of Scotland this summer, including several species that are rare in these waters.

Scientists believe the sightings may be the result of the heat wave currently gripping the U.K.

The sea around Aberdeen (See U.K. map) is teeming with minke whales and white-beaked dolphins, observers report. More than 40 white-beaked dolphins were sighted on one occasion.


And this is interesting:

Dunes hint at origins of ancient American drought

Nebraska's famed Sand Hills region - a vast area of undulating grass-covered dunes, punctuated by river canyons and waterfalls - was a dust-bowl a thousand years ago. It turns out that shifting winds plunged the region into a severe drought and created what is today the largest formation of sand dunes in the US.

Tree rings and archaeological measurements show that a severe drought gripped the western side of what is now the US between AD 1000 and 1200. To determine what caused the drought, Venkataramana Sridhar of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and colleagues studied the Sand Hills. These long, linear dunes would once have been mobile, but are now covered with vegetation that prevents them shifting. Optical luminescence dating, which reveals when minerals were last exposed to sunlight, showed that the dunes were last "active" between 1000 and 800 years ago.


posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 11:17 PM

Midwest, Plains Hit by Blowtorch Heat

The blowtorch heat that blistered California last week gripped the Midwest on Monday, prompting communities to throw air-conditioned buildings open to the public and endangering millions of people with outdoor jobs - including NFL players in training camp.

Temperatures throughout the Midwest and Plains exceeded 100 degrees. The heat index, a measure of temperature plus humidity, climbed as high as 110 in some places. The National Weather Service issued heat warnings for such cities as Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, and Tulsa, Okla.



1115 PM MDT SUN JUL 30 2006




posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 11:41 PM
I believe the area I live in is in drought as well. Today the temperature is supposed to reach close to 100 degrees. While this is not extremely unusual especially for this time of year, it does seem a bit unusual to have so much heat across most of the US and in Europe as well. I'm ready for a big push for solar or alternative energy. Perhaps even experimenting with dumping some iron in the ocean to see what effect it will have.

I just heard a scientist speak out that he was silenced here in the US from speaking out about global warming. Apparently a former oil lobbyist is in charge of the organization that edits his reports. He had quarrels with both Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans wanted to make it not sound that bad or not even report the problems while the Democrats wanted to make the news sound worse than it was per his discussion on tv. He said we have 10 years before the greenhouse effect is irreversible. He said we needed to stop the increase in greenhouse gases now and start reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere within 10 years.

It would be nice if our government or governments spent billions of dollars on a massive solar/alternative energy plan that would benefit our economies and reduce greenhouse gases at the same time. Our governments are surely going to spend this and much more if we don't curb the increase in greenhouse gases. Hopefully when we have a new US president, common sense and a better vision of the future will prevail. I can only hope since things don't look like they are getting any better right now.

posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 08:04 AM


posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 04:02 PM
way to keep up with it loam.

there are few people that seems to care enough about this.

oh yeah and BTW

You have voted loam for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have two more votes this month.

for doing such a great job....again

posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 04:31 PM
I wonder, if the electricity usage keeps going up for a prolonged period,
if the power stations and transformers will fail, plunging the country into
darkness. If that happened, it would be pretty cool to see from orbit,
though of course a disaster for us.

posted on Aug, 3 2006 @ 07:39 AM
Thanks Tone!

The heat wave moves east....

Near 100-Degree Heat Fries Eastern U.S.

The eastern United States is in for another day of steamy weather Thursday and the sweltering heat isn't expected to break until a cold front forces temperatures down into the 80s this evening, the National Weather Service said.

Heat warnings were posted from Massachusetts to South Carolina and in parts of Oklahoma. Since Sunday, authorities have confirmed heat played a role in at least 13 deaths and may be related to seven more.


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